ACE Program


Montana's Premier Agriculture Leadership Program

Montana Farm Bureau’s ACE program is designed to empower Farm Bureau members to be confident, effective leaders in their county Farm Bureau and local communities. Advocacy follows leadership and with practiced, ever-evolving leadership skills, participants will be prepared to actively advocate on key industry issues.  

Program Description

Armed to communicate industry issues, participants will be able to represent Farm Bureau interests and agriculture at a local, state and national level. ACE participants will receive an in-depth approach to leadership and how to apply it. More than that, ACE participants will learn to identify the needs of their own communities and the role they, and Farm Bureau, have in serving those needs. Without a vibrant, healthy grassroots foundation we cannot profoundly affect change on the policy issues impacting agriculture.


Program Focus

  1. Developing Leaders
  2. Engaging Local Communities
  3. Issues Advocacy

Upon Completion of the Program

Graduates will have gained skills and understanding of the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Active Listening
  • Public Speaking
  • Coalition Building
  • Industry Issues and Public Policy
  • Conflict Management
  • Communication with Elected Officials, Media and Non-Ag Audiences

Program Details and Eligibility:

  • Applications are available on mfbf.org and are due by December 1, 2023.
  • Applicant must be a voting member in good standing with their county Farm Bureau.
  • Applicants must be willing to meet all time commitments associated with the program
  • Participation is limited to 10 individuals. The 2024 class will be announced in December 2023.
  • Selected participants are required to pay a $500 tuition fee.
    • You are encouraged to reach out to your county Farm Bureau and seek sponsorship.
  • Selected participants are required to sign, date and return a commitment form plus the tuition fee by December 31, 2023.        
    • Montana Farm Bureau Federation
      Attn: 2023 ACE Application
      100 Red Mountain Drive, Suite 101
      Bozeman, MT 59718
  • Lodging and some meals will be provided during seminars.

Calendar

During this year-long program, participants will attend six seminars focused on enhancing advocacy skills and leadership development. Throughout the year, class members will also participate in one-on-one virtual coaching sessions with an expert in leadership development.   

The dates for the 2024 program are:

  • January 9-11, Bozeman: Leadership Development
  • March 20-21, Helena: Issues Advocacy & Legislative Affairs   
  • May 1-2, Bozeman: Working with the Media and Communicating with Consumers
  • June 10-11, Miles City: Rural Development & Coalition Building at MFBF Summer Conference    
  • August 28-29, Bozeman: Grassroots Engagement   
  • November 18-19, Billings: ACE Program Graduation at MFBF Annual Convention

Apply Here

Click the following link to learn more about the ACE Leadership Program including program eligibility, seminar dates and additional details. 2024 ACE Class Application.pdf

Click the following link to fill out the online application for the program.  APPLY ONLINE HERE

Questions?

Contact Sue Ann Streufert or Karli Johnson

Sue Ann: sueanns@mfbf.org or 406-587-3153

Karli Johnson: karlij@mfbf.org or 406-868-1233


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